Top Quotes from Tea Obreht

By | April 27, 2018

What inspires me most to write is the act of traveling.

Tea Obreht

A lot of writers that I know have told me that the first book you write, you write about your childhood, whether you want to or not. It calls you back.

Tea Obreht

In the mess of moving from place to place, I skipped two grades in the space of one year.

Tea Obreht

For me it was a lot harder to come to terms with the death of my grandfather than it was to come to terms with what’s happened to the former Yugoslavia.

Tea Obreht

My grandfather and I were very close.

Tea Obreht

At the end of the day, it’s about the reader’s attachment to and belief in the magical elements that make or break magical realism.

Tea Obreht

I think the mythology of death really ran away with me when I was very young.

Tea Obreht

A family has its own rituals and its own superstitions.

Tea Obreht

When I was eight years old, I wrote a paragraph-long short story about a goat on my mother’s hundred-pound, black-and-white-screen laptop. The story came about largely because I liked the way the word ‘goat’ looked on the page, but I decided then and there that I wanted to be a writer. That desire never changed.

Tea Obreht

The best fiction stays with you and changes you.

Tea Obreht

My family lived in Egypt from 1993 to 1996.

Tea Obreht

My road to publishing actually came through a colleague who connected me to my agent, and the faculty at Cornell was very supportive.

Tea Obreht

Being taken seriously, for a young writer, is a wonderful form of encouragement, but at the same time, I don’t think one should ever feel like attempting a kind of artistic endeavor is beyond your scope just because of age or inexperience.

Tea Obreht

I like dark subject matter. I’m not sure what that means about me!

Tea Obreht

In terms of people that I know, my grandmother and my mother are huge influences on my writing life because they are both massively supportive and always have been of my career.

Tea Obreht

I am very interested in place, and the influences of place on characters.

Tea Obreht

When I hit a block, regardless of what I am writing, what the subject matter is, or what’s going on in the plot, I go back and I read Pablo Neruda’s poetry. I don’t actually speak Spanish, so I read it translation. But I always go back to Neruda. I don’t know why, but it calms me, calms my brain.

Tea Obreht

You never know what’s going to happen in your life, and you never know what’s going to happen in someone else’s life either.

Tea Obreht

I do no writing while I’m in Belgrade visiting my grandma.

Tea Obreht

When you’re in a place, the details you focus on are different than details you focus on when you’re writing about it.

Tea Obreht

I’ve always written about animals. I’m still trying to process why that is.

Tea Obreht

I grew up in Cyprus and Egypt, these fantastic places I remember fondly.

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